REVIEW: A TALENT FOR SIN by Lavinia Kent,
This review is from: A Talent for Sin (Mass Market Paperback)
Lady Violet Carrington isn't your usual Victorian shrinking Violet. Neither is she the cougar that the entire ton believes her to be. What she is a woman who knows her own mind and will not be order about. After three marriages, Violet is finally free to do what she likes and when she wants. She's not about to be dictated by her young lover, Lord Peter St. John, no matter how devilishly handsome he is in and out of her bed. Why can't she make Peter understand that what they have is perfect? Why does he keep persisting in wanting to bind her to him with a marriage certificate? She will give him everything he wants but just not the one thing he desires most.
Lord Peter St. Johns on the other hand, is not taking no for an answer from his very erotic and beautiful lover. Since the moment they met Violet has driven the young Lord insane. There had always been a strong current of desire but now Peter wants more from his lovely widow. He tells her of his devote love but she throws it back in his face. Tired of being treated like a boy he has set out to prove to Violet that he is the only man for her. He'll be damned if he'll let their seven year age gap interfere with what he desires most.
Her hand, in marriage. Marriage to this wild red-head certainly won't be boring or controllable, but past hurts have given Lady Carrington the impression as to how marriage life will be with any man. Peter wants to show her that not all husbands will abuse their wives or turn to another woman. Peter is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to make Violet feel secure in their union.
Everything goes awry once Lady Carrington's eldest brother, Master and their younger strong willed sister, Isabella come to town. Isabella is desperate to have Violet help her find a husband before she is married off to an old bloated goat to pay for Master's old transgression. Not wanting her sister to face what she twice had to do in the name of "saving the family" Violet strikes a bargain with her sister's devious betrothed. After the bargain is struck all hell breaks lose and Violet and Peter's world is rocked from it's very foundation. Finding love was never what Violet ever believed she'd want or thought she'd find, but like most heroines she finds it right at the time when she can no longer have it.
Betrayal, broken promises, broken hearts along with a mysterious murder enter to wreak havoc on this couple. How are they to find their way back to one another when so much is against them? Truly, you have to wonder, is love thicker than blood? Or will blood ties and responsibilities win out in the end?
A TALENT FOR SIN by Lavinia Kent has to be hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year. This is Ms. Kent's debut book and I honestly can say that this is the start of wonderful writing career. Ms. Kent drew me in with the sensuality and intrigue on the back cover. Her heroine was strong not only in opinion but in character even though the people around her didn't seem to think so. I found myself riveted to my chair as I became engrossed in Violet and Peter's story.
It's not always that you find a rare gem from a debut author but I honestly couldn't find a single fault in the authors writing, prose or characters. The story was well written, ripped at my heartstrings, repaired them than ripped them all over again. For this reader that is the kind of story I live for. A story that will not only entertain me for a few hours but will emotional engage me so much that I can't help talking about the story or the author long after I'm done.